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Jonathan, The World’s Oldest Living Tortoise, Set To Ring His 190th Birthday

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#Jonathan, the #Seychelles huge #tortoise, is having the biggest animal party this weekend as he prepares to celebrate his 190th birthday on Sunday in Saint Helena, his home since 1822, and where Napoleon, the defeated French emperor, died the year before.

Jonathan has gained a lot of recognition and established his position in the Guinness World Records as the oldest living land animal as well as the oldest chelonian, which is an order that includes terrapins, tortoises, and turtles when he arrived as a gift to the south Atlantic island’s governor. He was featured on the reverse side of the local five-pence coin while living the star life.

Jonathan was hatched around 1832, according to shell measurements, and was brought from Seychelles to the UK overseas territory 50 years later. “Jonathan’s age is an estimation based on the fact that he was fully mature, and hence at least 50 years old when he arrived in Saint Helena from Seychelles in 1882. In all likelihood, he is even older than we think,” the Guinness World Records notes.

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